NEW YORK – Some McDonald's restaurants in New York have started charging a fee for extra ketchup, according to a report in DNAinfo New York.
The publication found that at least 15 McDonald's restaurants in Manhattan charged customers for extra ketchup -- up to 25 cents.
"We want to control condiment cost," one New York McDonald's manager told the publication.
Her location gives people one to four packets with their meals, depending on the size of their order. After that, they have to pay a quarter for a handful of extra packets. The location began implementing the fee in 2011 after seeing a lot of unopened packets in the trash.
When asked about the fee, some franchise owners pointed to real estate and utility prices, an increasing overhead and a tough economy.
The franchisees can charge fees for extra ketchup or other condiments and services as needed, according to a McDonald's spokesperson.
The McDonald's locations in New York pay the same price for ketchup from the supplier, just under 1.5 cents per ketchup packet, DNAinfo said.
At least for now, the charge appears to be limited to McDonald's locations south of Central Park